It is recommeded that you know the name of the cultivar that you took the pollen from (referred to as the pollen parent) as well as the name of the cultivar that you intend to put the pollen on (referred to as the pod parent). The pod parent's name is listed FIRST and the pollen parent's name is listed second.
(Polka Dot Bikini) x (Freaky Teaky) or PDK x FT
Note: It is not common practice to record the 'pod' parent at the time of pollination as many crosses simply won't take and recording both parents is time consuming. Rather, some hybridizers will record the 'pod' parent at the time of seed harvest. Also, be sure to use indelible ink pens on your tags to record any data to prevent washing away or fading. Some pens that claim to be permanent simply aren't. A lead pencil works great as well.
The tag is hooked or tied at the base of the bloom you pollinated so that when the bloom falls off, the tag will still be connected below the small pod that is forming. Tags can be purchased from office supply companies such as Office Max and Staples. Some hybridizers use colored wire to identify their crosses. The hybridizer keeps a log book with a wire taped to the page and the pollen parent associated with that wire written beside it.
Updated November 19, 2009
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